About me

Diana J. Schwerha has served as an advisor for graduate students pursuing research in aging and ergonomics, usability of technology, and factors related to technology adoption among older users. She is currently the director of a NIOSH training project grant in occupational safety. She has published numerous journal articles and conference papers and has given presentations in the U.S. and Europe.

Education

  • Ph.D., Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, West Virginia University, 2004
  • M.S., Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Safety, West Virginia University, 1996
  • B.S., Chemistry, Mary Washington College, 1989

Students

I am currently supervising these MS theses (with tentative topics).

  • LuAnn Duffus
    Topic: exoskeletons for firefighters
  • Aaron Doudna
    Topic: relationship between fatigue and errors in nurses
  • Derek Stephens
    Topic: cost benefit module for ergonomics
  • Samantha Haning
    Topic: study of exoskeletons for women
  • Andrew Stanczuk
    Topic: cost study of implementing exoskeletons vs. workplace modifications
  • Nathan McNamara
    Topic: TBD about exoskeletons
  • John Mollica
    Topic: TBD about improvements in healthcare

Awards

  • Grants

    Over 1.3M dollars received

  • Awards and Recognition of Projects

    The Marvin E. and Anne D. White Teaching Award, for example

Publications

Invited Papers

  • Schwerha, D.J. and McMullin, D.L. (2002). Prioritizing Ergonomic Research in Aging for the 21st Century American Workforce. International Journal of Experimental Aging Research, 28, 99-110.

Journal Articles

  • Clark, T. and Schwerha, D. (2019). Millennial Preferences in Training Messages: The Role of Teamwork and Corporate Social Responsibility. Accepted in Work; publication date TBD.
  • Hayden, M., and Schwerha, D. (2019). VALUE STREAM MAPS: Improving Procurement of Ergonomic Office Equipment. Professional Safety, 64(5), 53.Hayden, M. and Schwerha, D. (2019). Case Study: Value Stream Maps, Improving Procurement of Office Ergonomic Equipment. Professional Safety, May.
  • Amadi, E., Masel, D. Schwerha, D., and Hostetler, S. (2019). A bi-objective optimization approach for configuring surgical trays with ergonomic risk consideration. IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24725579.2019.1620383.
  • Ardjmand, E., Weckman, G, Snow, A., and Schwerha, D. (2016) An Approach to Analyzing the Retirement Satisfaction among Men and Women Based on Artificial Neural Networks and Decision Trees. International Journal on Advances in Intelligent Systems, v 9 n 3&4.
  • Lynch, K., Schwerha, D., Johanson, G. (2013). Development of a Weighted Heuristic for Website Evaluation for Older Adults. International Journal of Human Computer Interaction. www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10447318.2012.715277
  • Rinder, M., Weckman, G., Schwerha, D., Snow, A. P., Dreher, P., Park, N., Paschold, H., Young, W. (2012). Healthcare Scheduling by Data Mining, Literature Review and Future Directions. Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 3(3), 477-502.
  • Schwerha, D., Ritter, C., Robinson, S., Griffeth, R., Fried, D. (2011). Integrating Ergonomic Factors into the Decision to Retire. Human Resource Management Review, Elsevier, 21(3), 220-227.
  • Schwerha, D. (2010). Ergonomics for the Experienced. Industrial Engineer.
  • Wiker, S., Schwerha, D., Jaraiedi, M. (2009). Auditory and Visual Distractor Decrement in Older Worker Manual Assembly Task Learning: Impact of Spatial Reasoning, Field Independence and Level of Education. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, 19(4), 300-317.
  • Schwerha, D., Wiker, S., Jaraiedi, M. (2007). Effect of Distractors, Age, and Level of Education upon Psychomotor Task Learning. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. (37), 801-809.

Journal Articles (In Review)

  • Schwerha, D., Boudinot, A. and Loree, N. (2018). (2018). Development of a System to Integrate Safety, Productivity, and Quality Metrics for Improved Communication and Solutions. Under revision with Safety Science.

Technical Reports

  • Schwerha, D., Boudinot, A., and Loree, N. Final Report to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. 2017. Measuring the Impact of Integrating Safety and Ergonomics with Lean and Six Sigma Processes across Differentsize Manufacturing Companies in Ohio.

Conference Proceedings

  • Haning, S. and Schwerha, D. (2019). Women and Exoskeletons: Design and its Effect on Fit and Comfort Proceedings of the The XXXIst Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference New Orleans, LA, USA June 12-13, 2019. Accepted for presentation and waiting to hear on paper.
  • Paravano, J. and Schwerha, D. (2019). Assessment of commonly used training techniques and their overall effectiveness on the younger workforce. Proceedings of the The XXXIst Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference New Orleans, LA, USA June 12-13, 2019. Accepted for presentation and waiting to hear on paper.
  • Guinsler, V. and Schwerha, D. (2018). An Examination of the Musculoskeletal Impact of Residential Solar Panel Installation. Proceedings of the The XXXth Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA June 7-8, 2018.
  • Schwerha, D. J., Boudinot, A., and Loree, N. (2017). Integrating Safety with Process Improvement for Sustainable Manufacturing. Proceedings of the 2017 IISE Annual Conference.
  • Boudinot, A., Loree, N., and Schwerha, D. (2017). Integration of Safety and Process Improvement to Improve Perceived Incompatability. Proceedings of the 2017 IISE Annual Conference.
  • Ardjmand, E., Weckman, G. R., Schwerha, D. and Snow, A. (2016) Analyzing the Retirement Satisfaction Predictors among Men and Women Using a Multi-Layer Feed Forward Neural Network and Decision Trees. The International Workshop on Knowledge Extraction and Semantic Annotation, (KESA 2016), February 21 - 25, 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal, (Received a “Best Paper Award”).
  • Celibilek, Schwerha, D. (2013). Benchmarking Chronic Diseases and Prevention of U.S. States: DEA Approach. Proceedings of the 2013 Industrial Engineering Research Conference.
  • Schwerha, D., Jones, A., Liu, S., Ozercan, S., Zhou, J. (2011). Development of a Computer Skills Class for Older Adults Using a Service Learning Model. Philadelphia, PA: ASEE Mid Atlantic Conference.
  • Ritter, C., Robinson, S., Schwerha, D., Fried, D. (2011). An Empirical Evaluation of Ergonomics as a Distal Determinant in the Retirement Decision Process. Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
  • Fried, D., Ritter, C., Milakovic, A., Tenbrink, A., Griffeth, R., Schwerha, D. (2011). Work-Role Attachment and Preferences to Extend Career Employment through Phased Retirement. Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
  • Slover, S., Schwerha, D. (2011). Improving Website Heuristics through Participatory Design. Proceedings of the 2011 Industrial Engineering Research Conference.
  • Ritter, C., Schwerha, D., Gerasymchuk, D., Robinson, S., Griffeth, R. (2010). Sustaining Aging Workers: Development of a Model with Ergonomic Factors in the Decision to Retire. Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
  • Morse, B., Griffeth, R., Hom, P., Schwerha, D., Allen, D. (2009). The Cross-cultural Generalizability of the Turnover Events and Shocks Scale: An Assessment with Mexican Nurses (June 21-24 ed.). Proceedings of the 10th International Human Resource Management Conference.
  • Schwerha, D., Bruce, C., Sanford, J., Gibson, S., Spokus, D., Whiting, H. (2009). The Role of Human Factors in Older Worker Retention: What do we know and what will we need to know? (vol. 53rd Proceedings). CA: Human Factors and Ergonomic Society.
  • Vadlamani, T., Schwerha, D., Griffeth, R. (2009). Multidimensional Scale for Ergonomics Risk Factors Related to Employee Retention. Proceedings of the 2009 Industrial Engineering Research Conference.
  • Schwerha, D., Liu, C., Ozercan, S., Vadlamani, T., Neiman, L. (2008). Second Life as a Pedagogical Tool for Improving Statistics Homework Sessions. West Point, NY: American Society for Engineering Education (Zone 1) Conference.
  • Wiker, S. F., Schwerha, D., Jaraiedi, M. (2006). Impact of Auditory and Visual Distractors Upon Manual Assembly Task Learning Among Older Workers with Different Levels of Spatial Reasoning and Field Dependence. San Francisco, CA: 50th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • Schwerha, D., Wiker, S., Jaraiedi, M. (2006). Impact of Age and Distractors upon Learning a Manual Assembly Task. Maastricht: 16th World Congress of the IEA.
  • Schwerha, D.J. (2001). The Effect of Some Worker-Related Variables on Work Ability, Work Technique, and Number of Errors in a Packing Job. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference, October 8-12, in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Schwerha, D.J. and McMullin, D.L. (2000). Prioritizing Ergonomic Research in Aging for the 21st Century American Workforce. IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress, July 30-August 4 in San Diego, CA.

Articles

  • Psychology Today Aging Worker Blog (invited, 2017, 2018).
  • Welcome 2019—Hello Technology! (2018)
  • Not FOMO but FOMI: The Fear of Missing What you Already Have (2018)
  • Don’t Let Your Career Go Into the Off Season (2017)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Online (invited, 2017). Engaging Our Mature Workers for Better Sustainability, Safety, and Efficiency.
  • McKnight’s Senior Living. (2016). Why Assisted Living Needs Ergonomics.
  • Quote in Healthy Women. (2016). 5 Steps to Healthy Aging in the Workplace.
  • Quote in I’m an Engineer.

Training Programs

  • Schwerha, D., Boudinot, A., and Loree, N. 2017. Integrating Safety + Process Improvement for Sustainable Manufacturing. Funded through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. All materials free to the public. https://www.ohio.edu/engineering/safety-training/
  • Porter-WL, Mallett-LG, Schwerha-DJ, Gallagher-S, Torma-Krajewski-J, Steiner-LJ. (2008). Age Awareness Training for Miners. Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2008-133, Information Circular 9505, 2008 Jun; 1-125.

Select Posters/Conference Presentations

  • Schwerha, D. and Wing, D. (2018). McConnelsville Ergonomic Project. MAHLE 2018 North American HSE Conference, Troy MI, September 11-14.
  • Schwerha, D, Guinsler, V., Boudinot, A., Loree, N., Paravano, J., Mitchell, G. Ghanadian, S., and Weaver, A. (2017). Course Project to Prepare Graduate Students for Academia or Industry. IISE Annual Conference, Pgh, PA, May 21-23.
  • Schwerha, D. (2015) Got Aging, Get Ergonomics, Inaugural ErgoX Conference, Anaheim, CA. (invited)
  • Barina, P. (Presenter & Author), Schwerha, D. (Author Only), (2015) ISERC, Engineering Communications: Understanding the young Engineer's Ability to Communicate, Nashville, TN.
  • Westmoreland, K. (Presenter & Author), Schwerha, D. (Author Only), (2015) ISERC, Improving Team Performance in Age Diverse Teams Using Lean Simulations, Nashville, TN.
  • Schwerha, D. (Presenter & Author). (2014). IERC, Best Practices for Online Engineering Education, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Schwerha, D., (2011). Keeping Your Experienced Workforce Safe and Productive, Dayton/Miami Valley Safety Conference and Symposium, Dayton, OH.
  • Schwerha, D., (2011). Ergonomics to Maintain and Manage your Aging Workforce, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Annual Safety Congress, Columbus, OH.
  • Schwerha, D., (2011). Ergonomics in the Home, Appalachian Visiting Nurses, Athens, OH.
  • Schwerha, D. (2011). Your aging workforce: keeping your best employees as your best employees. The Capital Area Safety Council.
  • Schwerha, D. and Griffeth, R. (2009). Ergonomic Risk Factors Related to Older Worker Retention in Health Care Professions. Society for Occupational and Environmental Health Annual Meeting. February 17-18, Silver Spring, MD.
  • Schwerha, D. and Rodger Griffeth, Ph.D. (2008). Effects of Work, Health, Financial and Psychological Factors on Older Worker Retention in Multiple Industries. The Gerontological Society of America Conference. November 24, National Harbor, MD.
  • Schwerha, D. (2008). The Role of Human Factors in Recruiting and Retaining Older Workers. The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition. June 4, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Schwerha, D. and Oner, E. (2007). Wellness and Ergonomics Programs: Key Methods to Retain Older Workers? The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition. June 2-7, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Schwerha, D. (2007). Keys to the Successful Recruitment & Retention of Older Workers. The Eastern Ergonomics Conference. May 30-31, New York City, NY.
  • Schwerha, D. (2007). Practical Ergonomic Solutions for the Aging Work Force. Ohio Safety Congress & Expo. March 20-22, Cleveland, OH.
  • Schwerha, D. (2006). Reducing the Risk of Knee Injuries in Low Seam Coal Mining. Presented at the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals 2006 Critical Issues Conference on June 4-7 in Clearwater, Fl.
  • Schwerha, D. (2006). Age Awareness Training for Miners. Presented at the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association 2006 Joint Mine Safety Meeting on June 5-8 in Clearwater, Fl.
  • Schwerha, D. (2005). The NIOSH Worklife Initiative. Presented on behalf of NIOSH at the 2005 Sherwin Williams Safety and Health Leadership Conference on October 4th in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Schwerha, D.J. (2005). Human Factors Implications of the Use of Emerging Technologies by an Aging Workforce. Given as a presentation at the National Coal Show, June 8, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Schwerha, D.J. (2004). Successful Aging for Miners through Ergonomics. Given as a poster presentation at Steps to a Healthier U.S. Workforce: Integrating Protection and Promotion, October, Washington, DC.
  • Schwerha, D.J. and Steiner, L. (2004). Ergonomic Risk Factors Awareness. Given as a presentation at the 8th Mine Health and Seminar, Penn State University, Allentown, PA.
  • Schwerha, D.J. and Steiner, L. (2004). What Supervisors Need to Know about Ergonomic Risk. Given as a presentation at the 8th Mine Health and Seminar, Penn State University, Allentown, PA.
  • Schwerha, D.J. and Steiner, L. (2004). Ergonomic Risk Factor Awareness. Given as a presentation to the Annual Meeting Specialty Minerals Incorporated, Biloxi, MI.
  • Schwerha, D.J. (2002). Current Research on the Relationship Between Ergonomics, Quality, and the Older Worker. Given as a presentation at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition, June 1-6 in San Diego, CA.
  • Schwerha, D.J. (2002). The Effects of Age and Noise on Psychophysical Ratings in Cognitive and Physical Tasks. Given as a presentation at the IIE Doctoral Colloquium, May 18-19 in Orlando, FL.
  • Schwerha, D.J., McMullin, D.L. and Jaraiedi, M. (2001). Work Methods and Compensatory Measures for Older Workers in Physically Demanding Jobs: A Pilot Study. Given as a poster presentation at the Johns Hopkins University Student Research Symposium, November 12 in Baltimore, MD.
  • Schwerha, D.J. (2001). Boomers Aging in 90’s Suburbs: Implications for Home Modification in the Next Few Decades. Given as a presentation at the 2001 West Virginia Conference on Aging, Oct. 4-5 in Morgantown, WV.
  • Schwerha, D.J. and Finstein, J. (2001). Getting the Money that You Need: Tips on Successful Grant Writing. Given as a presentation at the West Virginia Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting, September 20-22 in Pipestem, WV.
  • Schwerha, D.J., Orr, C.S., Chen, B.T., and Soderholm, S.C. (1999). Direct-on-Filter Analysis of Crystalline Silica Using Photoacoustic FTIR Spectroscopy. Given as a presentation at the 50th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, March 7-12 in Orlando, Florida.
  • Gao, P., Chen, B.T., Hearl, F.J., Schwerha, D.J., Zhuang, Z., Chen, W., Chen, J-Q., and Soderholm, S.C. (1998). Methodological Approaches to Converting Historical Mining Dust Concentrations Based on Microscopic Sizing into Respirable Mass Fraction. Given as a presentation at the Sixth Chinese Medical Conference of Labor Health & Occupational Disease, Dalian, China, May 11-14.
  • Gao, P., Chen, B., Hearl, F., Schwerha, D., Zhuang, Z., Soderholm, S., Chen, W., and Chen, J. (1998). Comparison of Three Methods to Convert Chinese Mining Dust Exposure into Respirable Fraction. Given as a presentation at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 9-15 in Atlanta, GA.
  • Zhuang, Z., Schwerha, D., Chen, B., Feather, G., and Soderholm, S. (1998). Photoacoustic FTIR Spectroscopy for Crystalline Silica Analysis. Given as a presentation at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 9-15 in Atlanta, GA.
  • Schwerha, D., McMullin, D., and Frederick, L. (1996). Objective Evaluations of Different Training Methods for VDT Work. Given as a poster presentation at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 40th Annual Meeting, September in Philadelphia, PA.

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Courses

These are the courses I have been teaching at Ohio University.

EMGT Online Courses

  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Applied Probability and Statistics
  • Six Sigma
  • Engineering Leadership
  • Applied Accounting and Finance for Engineering Management

ISE Courses

  • Engineering Probability
  • Engineering Statistics
  • Engineering Economy
  • Quality Control and Reliability
  • Six Sigma
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Senior Capstone Design
  • Industrial Ergonomics (grad only)
  • Graduate Seminar (grad only)
  • Human Factors in System Design (grad only)
  • Aging and Ergonomics (grad only)